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NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Early last Saturday morning, Department of Environmental Management (DEM) officials learned that 30,000 rainbow brook and brown trout had died as a result of a power surge at DEMâ€™s Lafayette Trout Hatchery, 424 Hatchery Road, North Kingstown.
DEM believes that an electrical surge occurred which caused two of the three pumps at the hatchery to stop working. The pumps distribute cold water throughout the â€śoutdoor racewaysâ€ť, bringing oxygen and the correct level of water flow needed for the fish to survive.
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